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Well the rain certainly arrived this evening, with a few flashes of lightning and claps or thunder thrown in.

Madeira was put on Orange Alert from 9pm this evening till 6 am Saturday, this is for the south of the island and Mountainous zones, it then reverts back to yellow warning. The weather should improve Saturday afternoon, but Sunday it will worsen again, and could last into Monday.

Explosions in high voltage cables caused alarm in Camacha this afternoon, the electricity company finally arrived at 7pm, but the situation has still not been solved causing concern and people moving their cars from the area.

My friend Nelson Belo videoed this and you can view it on the LINK HERE. 

The Porto Santo Ferry has cancelled its crossing for tomorrow (Saturday) due to rough seas.

 

The Easyjet Airbus A319-111, U2 7602 flight, scheduled to arrive at 8:45 pm, returned to Lisbon after a landing attempt at Madeira International Airport – Cristiano Ronaldo

The flight was due to arrive at 8:45 p.m., but eventually diverged to Porto Santo and then returned to Lisbon. To what is believed, rain and low visibility prevented a safe landing, which eventually forced the aircraft to return to Lisbon.

A list of warnings are given for when the weather reaches Orange Alert.

Recommendations for Heavy Rain

Be aware of the warnings and recommendations of the competent authorities, keeping yourself informed of developments.

In case of flooding inside your house due to excessive rainfall, contact the local Fire Brigade and / or the Municipal Civil Protection Service of your county.

When driving in these conditions, slow down, driving with caution due to possible traffic congestion. Pay attention to water that may form, do not drive, or park in areas prone to flooding.

Keep in mind clearing the drainage systems of water and inert cleaning that can be dragged.

Keep in mind that roads may be cut or conditioned to traffic.

Recommendations for Strong Wind

Close doors and windows and remove any loose objects found on the balconies and pectorals of the windows.

Whenever possible, avoid trips to areas affected by this type of weather situation.

Do not drive through areas with degraded buildings due to the risk of overturning.

Pay attention to mounted structures (scaffolding, awnings, tents, roofs), which may be affected by stronger gusts of wind, as well as a possible fall of trees.

Recommendations for Thunderstorm

Move away from metal structures and antennas;

Stay at home, away from the windows, close the curtains and blinds to avoid throwing shrapnel;

Avoid using telephones, except in an emergency. Turn off the television, computer and other electrical appliances;

Do not stay on top of a hill, in open country, or on the beach;

Never shelter under vulnerable objects such as a tall tree in an isolated area;

Do not practice activities related to the sea, namely sport fishing, water sports and walks by the sea.